Trace Monoprints

Trace Monoprinting is a simple low tech process that can be done without a printing press. It has a fuzzy line quality and can be quick and expressive.

Click on the image to see a larger size of the individual trace monoprints.

You only need a few tools to give trace monoprinting a try:

  • a drawing
  • slow drying ink
  • low tack tape
  • print paper
  • plexiglass palette
  • a draw bar helps
  • pencil

You simply roll out a thin layer of ink. Position your print paper over the ink, carefully and lightly place your reference drawing on top and trace. The pressure of the pencil, transfers ink to the print paper.

We explore this process in the printmaking class – SEE -draw-Print. Check out the printmaking workshop page for all the details and a free drawing tutorial.